Danny Ainge can go on for a long time about the intangibles in Kelly Olynyk’s game — his refined perimeter game with its intelligent passing and range at least out to the college 3-point line, an innate ability to make others better.
And in the weeks leading up to the Celtics’ selection of the Gonzaga center with the 13th pick last Thursday night, the Celtics had some extra insight into how the 7-footer was coming along.
Olynyk, an Arn Tellem client, spent time in between team visits working out with fellow Tellem client and draft candidate Steven Adams, who was selected one spot ahead of Olynyk by the Thunder, and former Celtics forward and current broadcaster Brian Scalabrine. Scalabrine turned out to be quite the advocate.

“As a big fan of Kelly’s we kept in close contact with Brian as they worked out,” Ainge said yesterday during a press conference at Mattapan’s Mildred Middle School introducing Olynyk and second-round pick Colton Iverson.
Olynyk, in turn, received a nice tutorial about the NBA from Scalabrine on the eve of the draft.
“It was a great opportunity for me to work out with Brian,” said Olynyk. “He’s a high-character guy. He taught me a lot of different stuff, tips and tricks for how the NBA game is different from the college game. I was fortunate to have him with me, and get me ready for the workouts and the draft. I can’t think him enough.”
Cutting humor
You could tell that Ainge has thought about Olynyk’s long hair for a while. The Celtics president said on draft night that the rookie center’s locks remind him of hippies back in Ainge’s hometown of Eugene, Ore. Ainge repeated that joke during yesterday’s press conference with Olynyk and Iverson sitting next to him.